4 Movie Stars Who’ve Gotten Physical Therapy

Physical therapy isn’t just something that your everyday people seek. It’s something that benefits everyone! No matter your net worth or the size of your fan club, we all can benefit from better health and wellness! This article details the stories of four movie stars who had to undergo physical therapy and why.


The late Paul Walker was best known for his killer performances as Brian O’Conner in the “Fast and The Furious” franchise, alongside the action movies like “Hours” and “Takers.” In 2013, the actor tweeted that he was undergoing a physical therapy program to heal an injury he sustained on set. Seeing as how was known to do the majority of his own stunts, even really dangerous ones, that isn’t surprising! Drag racing at unbelievable speeds and jumping out of moving cars can cause some wear and tear on the body.


One of Hollywood’s highest-paid actors, Tom Cruise has been executing some of the most impactful action scenes in history! From hand-to-hand combat to climbing skyscrapers, the star of the “Mission Impossible” franchise has done it all! Fairly recently, in 2018, he broke his ankle filming a scene for “Mission Impossible” and had to do an intense physical therapy program over the course of 6 weeks to get his ankle in good enough shape to film. He quoted to Cinemacon “I went right into rehab. About 10 hours a day, 12 hours, seven days a week because six weeks later I had to be on set and twelve weeks later I had to be sprinting again. Doctors said they weren’t sure whether I’d be sprinting in nine months, let alone that time. I was like, ‘Okay, I gotta figure this out and I gotta figure it out fast.’ ”


Known for her role in the hit sitcom “Friends” and blockbuster movies like “Mr. and Mrs. Smith,” Jennifer Aniston has been known to be a fitness fanatic. She regularly shares with social media her healthy regimes with workout routines and clean eating. In an interview with InStyle Magazine, her physical therapist Dr. Karen Joubert shared that Jennifer has been maintaining a physical therapy program for years that helps her maximize her workouts and keep up her toned physique.


The “Orange Is The New Black” star gave the superhero genre a try with her role as Batwoman! Sadly, she sustained a serious injury on set. She posted to social media saying this “To everyone asking about my new Pez dispenser scar on my neck… A couple of months ago I was told I needed emergency surgery or I was risking becoming paralyzed. I had herniated two discs doing stunts, and they were close to severing my spinal chord. I was in chronic pain and yet couldn’t feel my arms.” Afterwards, she underwent a rigorous physical therapy program to get back to normal and heal!

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